Monday, July 30, 2018

Legionella bacteria discovered at Jacobi Medical Center

Jacobi Battles Legionella Found at Hospital 

NEW YORK- Jacobi Hospital is on bottled water after low-levels of  Legionella bacteria were found in the water supply.

NYC Health + Hospitals released the following statement: "As part of our aggressive water monitoring program, our routine, required testing of our potable water supply found very low levels of Legionella bacteria at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. Per guidance from the New York State Department of Health, which regulates hospitals, we have taken steps to prevent any impact on our patients, staff, or visitors. Safety is always our highest priority.”

Following the discovery of the bacteria officials say they will launch aggressive, enhanced water treatment and ongoing monitoring of the water supply.

Bottled water is now being handed out to patients for drinking. In addition packaged bath wipes will be issued for daily hygiene. 

Also, the hospital will install new water filters on showers.

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